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Established in 1923 and originally reading HOLLYWOODLAND, the Hollywood sign stands today as a symbol of dreams and power. It is nestled atop Mount Lee, or what is affectionately known as the Hollywood Hills. If the hills have eyes as some have said, imagine what these hills have seen. Since we are on the subject of the Hollywood Hills, you should know that they are haunted! A 24 year old actress named Peg Entwistle, who was successful on New York’s Broadway, moved to Hollywood during the depression. After a bit role in RKO’s Thirteen Women, which received bad reviews, she jumped from atop the H of the HOLLYWOODLAND sign to her death. Soon after her passing, her uncle received a letter inviting the actress to star in a role of a woman who kills herself. She has also been seen at her former home on Beachwood Drive.
Access to the HOLLYWOOD sign has since been cutoff to the public due mainly to expensive sign damage on behalf of vandals. But ghosts are still reported on foggy nights….
Upon arrival to this grand city, you will need a place to stay. The most famous of haunted hotels in Hollywood is the Hollywood Roosevelt. Located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd., it is a well known host of many Hollywood events and to stars present and past. It is said that Montgomery Clift can still be heard playing his bugle on windy nights in room 928 and that Marilyn Monroe’s reflection can be seen in a mirror once located in her cabana 246. Cold spots have been reported in the Blossom Room which was host to the first Academy Awards banquet in 1929. It has been reported that a little girl called “Caroline” is said to be looking for her mother. Ghostly guests have also been known to ring the switchboard (the original) from rooms that have since been remodeled and no longer exist.
While in Hollywood, check in at the Chateau Marmont, located at 8221 Sunset Blvd. where comedian John Belushi died of a drug overdose in Cabin 2. This place is so creepy that it is considered one of the most haunted hotels in the United States.
Or stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 9641 Sunset Blvd., where the bungalows are haunted by several ghosts including Rachmaninoff and Harpo Marx. Actor Peter Finch suffered a fatal heart attack in the lobby.
Once you�re settled in a hotel, you may be hungry. If room service doesn’t cut it, you may find yourself sharing a plate of pastries with the late Orson Welles at Sweet Lady Jane’s Restaurant located at 8360 N. Melrose Ave. His ghost has been reported along with the sweet smell of his favorite brandy and cigars.
If fabulous desserts are not what you’re hungry for, try El Compadre located at 7408 W. Sunset Blvd. This eatery is said to be haunted by three ghosts – An unknown presence and two men that were killed in the 1950s by an armed robber while they worked.
All Star Cafe & Speak Easy in the very haunted Vogue Theatre, located at 6675 Hollywood Blvd. is said to be inhabited by as many as 7 entities!
Perhaps food is not on the menu but rather a night out on the town! There are many hotspots in and around the Los Angeles area that are known haunts. Start your evening off with a laugh at The Comedy Store. At 8433 W. Sunset Blvd., The Comedy Store location was once home to the famous Ciros, which was a popular hangout of comedians and gangsters back in the 1940s and 1950s. It became the Comedy Store in 1972 and went on to be the launch pad for many of today’s well known comics such as Jim Carrey. It is said to be haunted by the late gangster Mickey Cohen. Late comedian Sam Kinison claimed to be heckled by ghosts. It has also been reported that comic Blake Clarke experienced a menacing, hulking 7-foot creature! The Comedy Store is owned by Mitzi Shore, the mother of comedian Pauly Shore.
Another popular hangout isn’t so much known for its ghosts but for the death that occurred out front. The Viper Room is located at 8852 Sunset Boulevard and is owned by actor Johnny Depp. On Halloween night 1993, actor River Phoenix died on the sidewalk of a drug overdose. The nightclub is still a popular hangout for Hollywood’s hottest stars so be sure to stop and make an appearance.
While strolling through Hollywood, remember to keep your eyes open for Lon Chaney. Years ago, he was regularly spotted in the area of Hollywood and Vine, sitting on a bus bench. This bench has since been removed. The ghost is now said to haunt Phantom of the Opera set at Universal Studios Sound Stage 28. An unidentified presence has also been felt and heard in an area of the Jaws Lagoon studios tour.
Apparently, Hollywood Blvd and Sierra Bonita Ave is an area for frequent sightings of Native American apparitions. They have been seen on the streets, sometimes causing accidents, and in homes of this area.
Speaking of homes, there are many haunted residences in Hollywood and the surrounding areas. There have been many sightings at various private residences that were previously celebrity owned homes. High in the Hills lies the Barrymore Estate at 6 Beverly Grove, Beverly Hills. The ghosts of John, Lionel, and Ethyl Barrymore were frequently reported there in the 1970s by visitors.
Rudolph Valentino still haunts his former mansion known as Falcon Lair. Look at the 2nd story windows as you pass by 1436 Bella Drive, Beverly Hills. It is reported that a Rudy can still be seen taking in a view of the LA skyline.
2398 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Hollywood is the address of the former Harry Houdini mansion which burned down over 50 years ago. His ghost has been seen amongst the ruins, most notably atop a surviving staircase.
George Reeves, best known for his role as 1950’s TV Superman, shot himself in the upstairs bedroom of his former home located at 1579 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. His ghost has been seen clad in his Superman costume.
Silent film legend Mary Pickford, wife of Douglas Fairbanks, is known to haunt the first floor den of her former home known as Pickfair at 1143 Summit Drive, Beverly Hills.
Family members of Ozzie Nelson have experienced his gloomy ghost at his one time home located at 1822 Camino Palmero Road, Hollywood. This is the same home made famous in the television sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.
The Pines Estate located at 2000 Fuller Avenue, Hollywood was once leased by Errol Flynn. Although there is nothing left of this mansion but a few crumbling brick foundations, neighbors say that the house reappears on summer nights, along with the sounds and lights of lavish parties long gone.
Clifton Webb supposedly haunted his previous home at 1005 Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills until it was torn down. He is said to continue to haunt his crypt at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Speaking of cemeteries, no visit to Hollywood would be complete without a stop to the final resting places of the stars. Hollywood Forever was formally known as Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery and is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood. This cemetery houses many famous persons and is rumored to be haunted by several ghosts. Not only does Clifton Web haunt his mausoleum, but other well known ghosts include the Lady In Black that is often seen in front of Valentino’s crypt. At the grave of Virginia Rappe, sobbing is often heard. She was the up and coming starlet who died after allegedly being sexually assaulted by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.
Marilyn Monroe is one of the many stars buried at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, located at 1218 Glendon Avenue, Westwood. Other stars include Natalie Wood,Truman Capote and Dorothy Stratten. Marilyn has been rumored to haunt her gravesite.
Forest Lawn Glendale is located at 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale is a huge cemetery housing the most stars anywhere in the world. This cemetery does not appreciate star seekers so proceed with caution.
Well, there you go gang. If you’d like to learn more about Hollywood’s Haunted History, please visit the links below.
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